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 USF Math Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship
 06/19
 USF junior Keller Blackwell was one of two students at USF to receive a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. There were 496 recipients nationwide, thirteen in Florida. Mr. Blackwell is majoring in mathematics, is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon honor society in mathematics, and last month received the Pi Mu Epsilon Outstanding Scholar Award from the USF Chapter. He is working on projects concerning geometric partial differential equations with Professor Thomas Bieske and Dr. Diego Ricciotti, a postdoctoral scholar at USF. He is also working on personal data protection with Professor Gretchen Matthews at Virginia Tech on a program initiated last year in an NSFfunded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program on “Coding, Cryptography and Number Theory” at Clemson University.
 USF Launches AwardWinning Student
 06/19
 Roshan Warman, a senior at the Academy at the Lakes High School, was enrolled for four years in the Mathematics dualenrollment program at the University of South Florida. He earned fellowships from some of the highest ranked colleges worldwide. Columbia University awarded him the prestigious Rabi Scholarship, reserved for a small number of incoming firstyear Columbia college students who demonstrate exceptional promise in the sciences. As a student in the STEM for Scholars program at USF, he began work on an impressive research project under the mentorship of Professors Manoug Manougian and Razvan Teodorescu, and under Yibo Gao at MIT (RIS Summer 2018 Program). Roshan Warman is a multitime firstprize winner at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair, a finalist at the Intel ISEF, and the recipient of the 2016 Ky Fan American Mathematical Society Award. Roshan has chosen to enroll as an undergraduate in Mathematics at Yale University starting in the Fall 2019.
 JeanFrançois Biasse Receives NSF CAREER Award
 04/19
 JeanFrançois Biasse received an NSF CAREER award of $450,000 over 5 years to work on the search for short vectors in ideal lattices. This mathematical problem is important to postquantum cryptography because its hardness would guarantee the security of the most promising proposals for quantum resistant publickey schemes. This project investigates the potential weaknesses induced by the algebraic structure surrounding ideal lattices. This award also contains a strong outreach component, with the support for a Cybersecurity Summer camp for K12 students in partnership with the USF Whitehatter Computer Security Club.
 JeanFrançois Biasse Awarded FC\(^2\) Capacity Building Grant
 04/19
 JeanFrançois Biasse received an FC\(^2\) Capacity Building award of $75,000 over 1 year to work in collaboration with Rainer Steinwandt (FAU) on the design of online modules for emerging topics in cryptography. The proposed modules consists in three online minicourses (12 credits each) on Blockchain technology, PostQuantum Cryptography, and Quantum Cryptography. The award will also support events to promote the participation of underrepresented groups in the field of cryptography, with a particular emphasis on the engagement of female students.
 WenXiu Ma Named HighlyCited Researcher for Fourth Consecutive Year
 04/19
 Professor WenXiu Ma was selected for the Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers for the 4th consecutive year (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Highly Cited Researchers identifies the world's most influential contemporary researchers across 21 scientific fields. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.
 In Memoriam: Stephen (Wai Cheung) Suen
 02/19
 The Department lost a good friend and colleague on February 6, 2019, with the passing of Stephen Suen. Stephen came to USF in 1993 and retired in 2016. For the two years immediately preceding his retirement, he served as associate chair of the department. Stephen will be remembered by his former students as a caring and effective instructor who worked tirelessly to improve their understanding of mathematics. His research focused on applying probabilistic methods to solve problems in combinatorics and he was one of only 511 mathematicians worldwide to have an Erdös number of 1. Stephen is survived by his two sons, Daniel and Johann.
 Graduate Program Open House March 1st and 2nd
 02/19
 The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will host a Graduate Program Open House on March 1st and 2nd for those considering USF for graduate studies. We will answer questions about our programs, discuss research areas, and leave time for interaction with faculty and current students. Those wishing to learn more about the open house should contact Professor Brian Curtin. The schedule of events can be found here.
 Manoug Manougian Receives Florida Space Grant Consortium Award
 12/18
 Professor Manoug Manougian is the recipient of the 2018/19 NASAsponsored Florida Space Grant Consortium's $1,000 award. The funds will support the USF Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry. Recently, Manoug was interviewed by CNNInternational concerning his space program in the early 1960s at Haigazian University in Beirut, where he taught Math and Physics and initiated the Lebanese Rocket Society. During the period 1961–1966, he and his students produced and successfully launched twelve one, two and threestage rockets. Three of these crossed the Karman Line. In February 2018, CNN International aired the interview throughout the Middle East and beyond.
 Lu Lu awarded $420K Air Force Grant as a COPI
 10/18
 Lu Lu (coPI, Math&Stat) and Jiangfeng Zhou (PI, Physics) have received a three year $419,000 grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a project titled “Reversibly Reconfigurable 3D Micro and NanoPhotonic Devices by Magnetically Programmable Polymeric Composites”.
The project will develop reconfigurable metasurface photonic devices using magnetically programmable polymeric composites to actively control the phase, amplitude, and polarization of light. Statistical experimental design, analysis and machine learning methods will be used to understand the device structure, predict and optimize the metasurface performance. This grant involves interdisciplinary collaboration and will support graduate students from both departments.
 N. Jonoska and M. Saito Awarded $1.1M NSF Collaborative Grant
 10/18
 Nataša Jonoska (PI) and Masahiko Saito (coPI) have received a threeyear $1.1M collaborative research grant from NSF for a project titled “Collaborative Research: Discrete and Topological Models for TemplateGuided Genome Rearrangements”. The total of $529,683 is awarded directly to support research activities at USF.
This project, a collaboration between Columbia University in New York and University of South Florida, seeks to advance our understanding of templateguided genome rearrangement. Through use of highthroughput experimental tools and novel mathematical concepts based on knot theory and discrete mathematics, the project will gain temporal and structural insight into the process of programmed genome reorganization. The project will impact postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate education in mathematics, biology, and chemistry at the partner institutions.
 Theodore Molla Awarded NSF Grant
 08/18
 Theodore Molla has received a threeyear $114,000 grant from NSF for a project titled “Factors in Graphs and Related Combinatorial Structures”. This project's main focus is on optimizing local conditions that force a specific global structure in graphs, directed graphs, and hypergraphs. This work has a significant intersection with computer science and will explore novel algorithmic approaches using probabilistic absorbing techniques and regularity methods. Dr. Molla is our newest tenuretrack hire and came to our department in Fall 2017.
 JeanFrançois Biasse Awarded NSF EAGER Grant
 08/18
 JeanFrançois Biasse has received a twoyear $216,000 grant from NSF for a project titled “EAGER: QuantumSafe Cryptosystems Based on Isogenies”. This award will support Dr. Biasse’s research into the security of a new family of cryptosystems based on a mathematical structure called isogenies of elliptic curves. The research will also include the development of new isogenybased protocols, analysis of the hardness of the task of finding isogenies and identification of an appropriate size for keys that keep users out of the reach of quantum attacks.
 Nataša Jonoska CoPI on $10M NSF–Simons Grant
 07/18
 Nataša Jonoska became a CoPI for the $10M NSF–Simons Research Center for the Mathematics of Computational Biological Systems headquartered at Georgia Tech. The goal of the center is to enable innovative collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between these two disciplines, and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training. The center is one of four NSF–Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems. The other three are based at Harvard University, at the University of California, Irvine, and at Northwestern University. Congratulations, Nataša, on this major interdisciplinary grant!
 JeanFrançois Biasse Awarded FC\(^2\) Grant
 07/18
 JeanFrançois Biasse has received a oneyear $75,000 grant from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity for a project titled “QuantumResistant ZeroKnowledge Proofs Applied to AnonymityPreserving Data Collection and Anonymous Cryptocurrencies.” The project is in collaboration with Reza Azarderakhsh of Florida Atlantic University and pertains to the design of cryptographic protocols for collecting users' data and managing blockchain transactions that provably protect anonymity, with a focus on quantumsafe solutions to these problems.
 Congratulations Spring 2018 B.A. and M.A. Graduates
 06/18
 The following students received B.A. degrees in Mathematics or Statistics in Spring 2018: Ashley Bishop, Byron Brane (summa cum laude), Jackie Brock, Thomas Brown, Jessica Caggiano, Anthony Curtis (summa cum laude), Brandon Des Jardins (magna cum laude), Austin Dukes, Quennon Ewing, Kenneth Hagush (cum laude), Nathan Hayford (magna cum laude), Marshall Hess (summa cum laude), Kyle Houfek (summa cum laude), Danielle Kozlovsky, Daniel Le Zotte, Angelica Gabrielle Lim (magna cum laude), Heng Liu, Deja Miller, Brad Mostowski (magna cum laude), Luc Olivier (magna cum laude), Kayla Pratt (cum laude), Kevin Robinson, Travis Staton (cum laude), Timothy Stone, Michelle Tapia, Patrice Tinde and Jacob Zepp.
The following students received M.A. degrees in Mathematics or Statistics in Spring 2018: Sameer Anand, Scott Grizzard, Mehrez Hannachi, Ruizhe Hou, David Kotschessa Almodivar, Jackie Pham, Minh Pham, Katharine Williams and Jaiwei Yang. Congratulations!
 In Memoriam: Jogindar S. (Jogi) Ratti
 05/18
 We mourn the passing of Jogindar (Jogi) Ratti, Ph.D. who joined the math faculty at USF in 1967 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1969. He served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 196972. Jogi was an active member of the math faculty until his sudden passing on March 1st, having delivered his last lecture the previous day. Jogi’s name will be recalled by countless USF students from the past decade as a coauthor of the textbook used for courses in college algebra and precalculus. He will be remembered for his tireless work ethic and his desire to be an effective educator.
 R. Kent Nagle Scholarship Awarded
 04/18
 At the Department of Mathematics and Statistics' annual Nagle lecture on April 12th, undergraduate student Audrey Rose Blanco was awarded the R. Kent Nagle Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 1999 in memory of Professor R. Kent Nagle. Audrey is pursuing a B.A. in Pure Mathematics and aspires to become a college professor of mathematics. Mrs. Sandra Nagle and her son, Jeffrey, were also on hand to celebrate the occasion.
 WenXiu Ma Receives 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award
 05/18
 WenXiu Ma, Ph.D., received the University of South Florida Outstanding Faculty Award in recognition of his accomplishments as a highlycited researcher on transformative topics ranging from mathematical physics via applied mathematics to nonlinear sciences. The ceremony was held on March 22nd.
 USF Florida Epsilon Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Update
 05/18
 The USF Florida Epsilon Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon honor society celebrated its 52nd anniversary by inducting fourteen new society members at its 2018 PME Induction Banquet on April 20th. The new inductees were Nathan Arnold, Keller Blackwell, Raymond Center, Sabrina Downing, Mohammad Foroutanyazdian, Carlos Gonzalez, Fahim Hoq, Tanmay J. Kotha, Willie McClinton, Alexander McClure, Justin Mohr, Antonino Travia, Loukas Vogiatzis, and Emaan Wajid. All of them were recognized and presented with membership certificates at the Banquet. The keynote speaker was Brian Curtin, Ph.D., with the presentation “A Gear Model for Modular Math”.
 Congratulations Fall 2017 B.A. Graduates
 01/18
 The following students received B.A. degrees in Mathematics or Statistics in Fall 2017: Kellyn Brimner, Brianna Campbell, Brett Carpenter, Brandy Carr, Melissa Clark, April Draper, Andre Huaman, Malaika Kunle, Fredrick Lai, Kee Lee, Ryan Mack, James Mark, Party Mehra, Lawrence Miley, Silas Potter, Ryan Rodriguez, Davit Shevardnadze, Daniel SiebelCortopassi, Cole Sofsky, Vincent Stephensjr, Joshua Witte, Erinn Wolf, Haoyu Yin, and Tianbo Zhang. Congratulations!
 AMS Graduate Student Chapter Awarded
 12/17
 The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Florida has been awarded a Graduate Student Chapter of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The chapter will receive $500 annual support from the AMS for activities. Congratulations to founding officers Daniel Cruz, Maryam Bagherian, Scott Grizzard, Emanuele Zappala, and Jasper Braun, as well as the many other founding members who contributed to the application. Their efforts are much appreciated.
 JeanFrançois Biasse Awarded $500K NIST Grant
 07/17
 JeanFrançois Biasse has received a 3 year $500k NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) award for a project titled “Tools for the Standardization of PostQuantum Cryptography”. This research project pertains to latticebased cryptography and he will develop mathematical and computational tools to help NIST in the standardization of the next generation of encryption schemes which will feature resistance from the attacks of quantum computers. This is a highlycollaborative project with FAU.
 Brendan Nagle Receives $155K NSF Award
 07/17
 Brendan Nagle has received a 3year $155k NSF award for a project titled “Applications and Theory of the Algorithmic Hypergraph Regularity Method”. The goal of the project is to investigate and develop constructive methods to solve packings, colorings and property testing of hypergraphs problems based on regularity lemma. This is a continuation of the previous NSF grant.
 Danielyan, Shen and Khavinson Awarded $42K Simons Grants
 07/17
 Arthur Danielyan, Dan Shen and Dima Khavinson were each awarded a $42,000 collaborative grant over 5 years from the Simons Foundation. The projects are titled “Some Approximation Problems of Complex Analysis and Related Questions”, “Dimension Reduction for Big Data Analysis” and “Problems in Complex Analysis and Applications”, respectively.
 Dima Khavinson and Razvan Teodorescu Assume Leadership of Mathematics Journal
 1/17
 In 2017, Dima Khavinson and Razvan Teodorescu will become EditorinChief and Managing Editor, respectively, for “Analysis and Mathematical Physics”, a Birkhäuser journal (subsidiary of the SpringerNature group). Established in 2010, the journal features a worldclass Editorial Board and publishes current research results as well as selected highquality survey articles in real, complex, harmonic, and geometric analysis originating and or having applications in mathematical physics. The journal promotes dialog among specialists in these areas. The journal is indexed by the AMS MathSciNet and the EMS Zentralblatt and has an impact factor of 0.583.
 USF Rocket Club SOARs Under Manougian's Guidance
 10/16
 The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR), a student organization at USF with Professor Manougian Manougian as faculty advisor, was recently invited to participate in the 2016–2017 Hybrid Motor Rocket competition sponsored by NASA. This is the second statewide competition, and last year they entered a national competition. They have won awards. Funds have been provided by NASA. Membership in the Society has soared (no pun intended) to well over 140 students.
 JeanFrançois Biasse Awarded Simons Grant
 9/16
 Dr. JeanFrançois Biasse was awarded a $35,000 collaborative grant over 5 years from the Simons Foundation. The project is titled “Algorithms in Number Theory, Quantum Information, and Cryptography” and its goal is to investigate algorithms for solving computational problems in number theory and to find quantumresistant cryptographic schemes to replace the existing ones (which do not feature quantumsafety).
 Kaiqi Xiong Awarded a Series of BBN/NSF Grants
 9/16
 Dr. Kaiqi Xiong has received several NSF and BBN/NSF grants in cybersecurity research and education totalling approximately $750,000. The topics of his funded projects include: computer security and networking with applications to smartphones, cloud computing, power grids, user behavior analytics with social sciences, and emergency response.
 Vilmos Totik Awarded $100,000 Grant
 9/16
 Professor Vilmos Totik has received a threeyear (100k) NSF award for a project titled “Polynomial Inequalities and Applications”. This research project concerns mathematical analysis, in particular in approximation theory, orthogonal polynomials, and potential theory. Vilmos Totik has an amazing success rate with NSF having been supported continuously for the last 25 years.
 Manoug Manougian Receives Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award
 12/15
 Professor Manoug Manougian received the Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award at the Faculty Honors and Awards Reception on November 9, 2015. The award is bestowed by the USF Faculty Senate and recognizes exemplary teaching and service that supports the Kosove Society goals. The Kosove Society aims “to promote individual and collective social responsibility, societal change for the betterment of humanity, participation in academic disclosure; the principles of diversity and cohesiveness in the community; and the development of leadership skills.”
 Vilmos Totik Named AMS Fellow
 11/15
 Professor Vilmos Totik was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He was recognized “For contributions to classical analysis and approximation theory and for exposition”. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Professor Totik is the first faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to achieve this distinction.
 Nataša Jonoska is one of USF's Outstanding Researchers
 08/15
 Professor Nataša Jonoska has received a 2015 Outstanding Research Achievement Award (ORAA). The annual awards are part of an open competition, judged by the USF System Research Council, to highlight professional acclaim received by the recipients from their national and international peers for their research. The 2015 award further recognizes faculty who have received truly exceptional recognition with preeminent awards, grants, or publications in top journals during the 2014 calendar year.
 Nataša Jonoska Awarded $200,000 Grant
 07/15
 Nataša Jonoska was awarded a $200,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation in the area of molecular programming. The goal of the project is to develop a methodology for environmental control within the DNA selfassembly process to direct molecular interactions in a preprogrammed manner. This will enable selfassembly of a variety of preprogrammed molecular shapes from the same set of building blocks, which can then serve as scaffolds for nanoelectronic components. The title of the project is “AF: Small:Collaborative Research: Programmed Cyclic Molecular Dancing on 2D Origami Lattices” and is in collaboration with chemist Dr. Nadrian Seeman from New York University.
 Gangaram S. Ladde Awarded $424,000 Grant
 05/15
 Gangaram S. Ladde was awarded a $424,000 threeyear grant from the U.S. Army Research Office in Stochastic Modeling. The title of the project is “NetworkCentric Stochastic Hybrid Dynamic TimeEvent Process Modeling, Methods And Analysis”. The grant includes a PostDoc position and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) components.
 Nataša Jonoska Named AAAS Fellow
 11/24
 Nataša Jonoska is one of five USF faculty members to be named as a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers as recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Jonoska is being honored as part of the Mathematics section for her distinguished contributions to theoretical analysis and experimental verifications in nanoscience, particularly for advancements in understanding information processing in molecular selfassembly.
 Nataša Jonoska Awarded $2 million Grant from the NIH
 9/14
 Nataša Jonoska was awarded a $2 million fiveyear grant by the National Institutes of Health for her proposal RNAguided Rearrangements: Experiments Coupled with Discrete Models. Her CoPrinciple Investigators are Masahico Saito of our department and L. F. Landweber of Princeton University's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
 SeungYeop Lee and Dmytro Savchuk Awarded Simons Grants
 9/14
 SeungYeop Lee and Dmytro Savchuk each were awarded Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians. Each will receive a fiveyear $35,000 grant from the Simons Foundation.
